Family name: Kostova

First name: Milena Lachezarova

Date and place of birth: 24 Junе 1978, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgarian

Affiliation and official address: Plovdiv University, Department of "Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology", 24Tzar Assen str., Plovdiv, 4000, Bulgaria, Tel/Fax: +359/32 620 944 (Office), E-mail: mkostova @ uni.plovdiv.bg; milena.kostova @ gmail.com

Education:

(degrees, dates, universities)

PhD education:

2003 - Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

MSc education:

1996-2002 - Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, University of Plovdiv

MSc Thesis:

Transgenic Potato Plants expressing "core" protein of hepatitis B virus.

High education:

1992 – 1996 -"Hristo Botev" High School, Stara Zagora

Current research interest:

Delta-endotoxins, Hybrid cry-genes, Insect resistance.

International Experience:

Greece, Socrates/Erazmus Programme, "Aristotle University of Thessaloniki" 05-08 2004

Germany, The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and      Food Safety (BVL) 12.03-23.03.2007  Training course.

The Netherlands , Wageningen University, Training course on socio-economic regulatory impacts of biologically contained GM crops - April 2007.

Spain, University of Valencia , Department of Genetics. STSM – COST 862 : Bacterial toxins for insect control – 17.09.2007 – 19.10.2007

Technical experience in molecular biology

Basic techniques for protein molecular biology (SDS- PAGE      of proteins, Western blot), ELISA, Molecular markers, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Known languages:

Bulgarian - mother tongue

English - writing, speaking, and understanding - very well.

Russian – understanding - well.

Computer skills:

General:

MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Draw and others Windows-based products

Internet: WWW (at a user level), Internet Explorer

For reference:

Prof. I. Minkov DSc

Head of Department

24 "Tzar Assen" Str.

Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology

University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria

Tel. +359 32 629495

Fax. +359 32 629595

E-mail: minkov @ uni-plovdiv.bg

or

Assistant Prof. Samir Naimov

24 "Tzar Assen" Str.

Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology

University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria

Tel. +359 32 620944

Fax. +359 32 620944

E-mail: naimov0 @ uni-plovdiv.bg

Publications:

1. Milena Kosrova, Alexander Linev, Samir Naimov, Stefan Dukiandjiev, Ruud de Maagd and Ivan Minkov, Univesity of Plovdiv " Paisii Hilendarski" Plovdiv Bulgaria, Plant Research International, Wagenigen The Netherlands.

Bacillus thuringiensis: cry-genes diversity in Bulgarian strain collection. Proceedings of fifth national scientific conference with international participation - ECOLOGY AND HEALTH  May 2004,  pages 373-378.

2. 40 Years Faculty of Biology. 10th anniversary scientific session. University of Sofia "Sv. Kliment Ohridski" Poster session. Milena Kostova, Alexander Linev, Samir Naimov, Stefan Dukiandjiev, Ruud de Maagd and Ivan Minkov, Univesity of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski" Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Plant Research International, Wagenigen The Netherlands.

Bacillus thuringiensis: cry-genes diversity in Bulgarian strain collection.